Mossman Mill gets welcome boost from Bally Hooley

Bally Hooley steam trains

Paul Makin - FAB FM

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The iconic steam trains came to a final stop at Choos Choos at the Marina in September this year. Image: Jereme Lane
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As most people know, the two cane steam trains, that have been around since 1897, have found a new home at Choo Choo Bistro at the Marina.

They're now having a well earned break and sitting quietly waiting for the huge influx of tourists expected in mid December.

However the rest of the rail track leading back to St Crispin's is being torn up and carted away.

But it's all for a good cause and the steel, including concrete sleepers in good condition, will have another life.

The Mossman Mill has been given the green light to pick up sections of the track and sleepers to use on cane train infrastructure over in that part of the Shire.

John Morris who owns the Port trains says he's happy to see the historic rail lines and sleepers being used for something worthwhile and not just rusting away and deteriorating.

Mr Morris told Newsport that the Mill is only paying a token amount for the infrastructure as he wants it to benefit the local sugar industry.

He also wants the historic steam engines at the Bally Hooley rail station to always belong to the community and never leave the Shire.

Purchased from Mossman Mill in 2002, the Morris family have owned and maintained the trains with a core team including a dedicated group of volunteers allowing it to operate over many years in Port Douglas between the Marina and St Crispins Cafe.

Now the carriages sit at the station permanently as dining cars and the engines stand proudly at the station and on the turntable.

Now a new generation of visitors, when they finally get here, will be able to appreciate a time gone by.



  


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